Board Members 2013-2015

Board Members 2013-2015 L-R: Filomin Candaliza-Gutierrez, Mario J. Aguja, Manuel Sapitula, Nicole Curato, Clarence Batan, Cecilia Medina, Jayeel Cornelio

Dr. Filomin Candaliza-Gutierrez, President

Filomin Candaliza-Gutierrez, Ph.D. is the current President of the PSS and Chair of the Sociology Department, UP Diliman where she teaches quantitative and qualitative research methods, social deviance, and sociology of crime and punishment as Professor. She authored book chapters on the history of Philippine criminology, the most recent of which came out in The Cesare Lombroso Handbook (Routledge, 2013). She published journal articles on crime, delinquency, and prison society locally and abroad. She edited the PSR Vol. 60 (Social Deviance), conferred by DOST-NAST 2013 Outstanding Book Award. She served as editor of this year’s PSR Vol. 61 No. 1 (Sociology and Interdisciplinarity) and co-editor of PSR Vol 61 No. 2 (Classical Sociological Theory in Contemporary Practice). Her recent researches focus on masculine social organizations; following the article, “Pangkat: Inmate Gangs in the New Bilibid Prison,” she is currently studying, “Manhood and Brotherhood: Understanding College Fraternities.”

In 2014, Dr. Gutierrez was elected to serve at the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association.

Email: fc.gutierrez09[at]

Dr. Clarence M. Batan, Vice President

Clarence M. Batan is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, and Research Associate of the Research Center on Culture, Education and Social Issues at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Manila. He obtained his AB in Sociology from UST; MA in Sociology from the University of the Philippines-Diliman; and PhD in Sociology from Dalhousie University at Nova Scotia, Canada under the Government of Canada Awards and the Faculty of Graduate Studies-Dalhousie University Scholarship Program. Recently, he was a Visiting Fellow in International Studies at Brown University under Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) program. His research interests are sociology of children and youth, sociology of work and employment, and qualitative and mixed methods. He is now the Chairperson of the Technical Committee in Sociology of the Commission of Higher Education (CHED).

Email: cbatan[at]

Dr. Nicole C. Curato, Secretary

Nicole Curato is a sociologist from the University of the Philippines. She is currently based in Canberra for a post-doctoral research fellowship with the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. She completed her BA, MA and PhD in Sociology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, University of Manchester and University of Birmingham. She was also a post-doctoral researcher at the Australian National University.

Her work has been published in International Political Science Review, Critical Policy Studies and Politics and Policy, among others. She is currently the co-editor of the Philippine Sociological Review (with Dr Filomin Candaliza-Gutierrez) and a regular contributor in and In 2013, she was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (/People) for the field of Sociology.

Email: nicole.curato[at]

Dr. Manuel Victor J. Sapitula, Treasurer

Manuel Victor J. Sapitula is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at the Sociology Department, University of the Philippines Diliman. He obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2013. His interests include religion and society, qualitative research methods and comparative studies on Southeast Asian societies. He has taught courses on the sociology of religion, sociological theory and qualitative research methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has published on Catholic popular religion, forms of religious pluralism and alternative religious practices in contemporary Philippines.

Dr. Mario J. Aguja, Board Member

Mario J. Aguja is an Associate Professor at the Sociology Department of the Mindanao State University-General Santos City. He obtained his PhD in International Cooperation Studies at Nagoya University. He was a member of the House of Representatives from 2001-2007 and currently serves as trustee of the Government Service Insurance System representing public sector unions.

Dr. Jayeel Cornelio, Board Member

Jayeel S. Cornelio is the Director of the Development Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University.  He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, an adjunct lecturer at Institute for Sociology at the University of Göttingen, and a visiting research student at the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Religion at Lancaster University.  He finished his Ph.D. in Sociology at the National University of Singapore where he received the Asia Research Institute PhD grant.  His research interests are in youth, religion, education, and urban studies.

Email: jcornelio[at]

Dr. Maria Cecilia T. Medina, Board Member

Dr Ma. Cecilia T. Medina is an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines Asian Center.
She graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology (1983), Cum Laude and Master of Arts in Asian Studies (1991). She obtained her doctorate in Sociology from Xavier University (2004). She has taught at the University of the Philippines Department of Sociology, the School of Social Sciences and Graduate School of Ateneo De Davao University and St. Paul University Quezon City. She was formerly faculty research coordinator and editor of the St. Paul University Journal.

A member of the International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Gamma Mu, she has been a recipient of the masteral and doctoral dissertation grants from the Philippine Social Science Council. She was also a Fulbright Fellow in the 2005 Summer Institute on Religions Pluralism in the United States. Dr. Medina is also an associate member of the Social Science Division of the National Research Council of the Philippines and board member of the Philippine Sociological Society. She is also a member of Research Committee on Sociology of Religion at the International Sociological Association and also a member of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association and South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Religion and Culture. She has written various articles in book and journal publications on indigenous communities and ancestral domain, landless agricultural workers, and the resettlement of communities affected by the Mt. Pinatubo disaster. Her research interests are on Mindanao Studies, Indigenous Communities and Development, Religion and Development and Southeast Asian Studies.

Dr. Filomeno V. Aguilar Jr., Ex-officio